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Knight Commission Statement regarding LEAD1’s FBS Football Governance meeting

Read Knight Commission Statement regarding LEAD1’s FBS Football Governance meeting This week’s LEAD1 meeting reaffirmed what college sports leaders, including athletics directors, told our Commission in 2020: FBS football needs a new and different leadership structure. Discussion of college football governance issues by FBS athletic directors is an important step from leaders within the industry.

Knight Commission Responds to Senators’ Inquiries about Potential NIL Legislation

  Read Knight Commission letter to Senators Tuberville and Manchin On August 3, 2022, the Knight Commission received a request from U.S. Senators Tommy Tuberville and Joe Manchin for input on potential legislation to address compensation to college athletes for the use of their names, images and likenesses (NIL). The Knight Commission’s response reflects its

Knight Commission Initiatives on the Use of College Athletes’ Name, Image and Likeness

Knight Commission Proposes Principles to Guide New Name, Image and Likeness Rules for College Athletes; Letter to Dr. Mark Emmert, NCAA President, from the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics Co-Chairs; Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics Principles for New Rules on the Use of College Athletes’ Name, Image and Likeness; Examples Applying Knight Commission Principles to NIL Opportunities for College Athletes; History of Knight Commission Work on Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) Models and Issues

Knight Commission Urges NCAA Division I Board of Directors to Eliminate Gender Discrimination in Its Annual Revenue Distribution

On June 23, 2022, the date which marks the 50th Anniversary of Title IX, the Knight Commission co-chairs sent a letter to Jere Morehead, chair of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors, urging the NCAA to eliminate the gender discrimination that exists in its annual revenue distribution plan. Specifically, the NCAA awards 28% of its annual revenue distribution based on wins and participation in the Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament and 0% on the same measure in the Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament.

May 2022 Meeting Photos

Click on each photo to enlarge.   Roberta Kaplan Roberta Kaplan Roberta Kaplan Roberta Kaplan Kaplan Report Roberta Kaplan From left: Christine Cooper, Todd Petr and Chris Brown From left: Christine Cooper, Todd Petr and Chris Brown Christine Cooper Christine Cooper Chris Brown Chris Brown From left: Nancy Zimpher and Len Elmore From left: Nancy

Knight Commission’s May 16 Meeting to Assess and Recommend Improvements to NCAA Revenue Distribution to Close Gender and Racial Equity Gaps

The press release, video, and other materials related to this public meeting are available here. Meeting Resources: Session Summary and Panelist bios Digital Tool Kit Slide Deck: Altering NCAA Revenue Distribution To Correct for Racial Inequity On Monday, May 16, 2022, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics will meet

Front Office Sports: The Battle for Equity in NCAA Basketball

Amanda Christovitch of Front Office Sports quotes CEO Amy Perko on the need for greater equity in the financial incentives structures of Men’s and Women’s basketball in the NCAA. ‘Stakeholders from the WBCA to the Knight Commission, a college sports reform group, agree that must change — though the NCAA Division I Strategic Vision and

The Boston Globe: How the women’s NCAA basketball tournament has changed in a year from just one incredibly revealing tweet

Tara Sullivan of the Boston Globe cites CEO Amy Perko on the behavioral and institutional consequences of the inequitable distribution of NCAA funds in the wake of a social media scandal last march; illustrating disproportionately low quality and quantity of resources for women’s teams participating in the tournament.  “It calls into question why they haven’t

Racial Equity in College Sports Research Awards Announced

[Knight Commission awards $100,000 in research funding]

February 9, 2022—The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics announced today four research projects selected to share $100,000 in research funding to demonstrate how specific interventions impact the Black athlete experience and/or Black athlete advocacy areas. In its “Achieving Racial Equity in College Sports” report last year, the Knight Commission committed to supporting research that would